Participants may register for classes and programs online.
Bend Master Workshop
Saturday, March 11 | 3-5 p.m. | Cane Creek Recreation Center | $25
Not a class for the faint of heart, this is two hours of intense strength conditioning and flexibility training for those wishing to enhance body awareness through breathing techniques while gaining muscle tone and definition. The workshop will combine the stretching practices of ballet, gymnastics and yoga with advanced core conditioning and balance techniques. Instructor Lynda Wallace is a certified holistic coach and personal trainer with a combined 20+ years of dance, gymnastics, ballet and stretching exercise experience. Register by March 6.
Vinyasa Transitions, Prana Pulsations, Movement Meditations
Saturday, March 18 | 10 a.m.-noon | Cane Creek Recreation Center | $25
In this class, a conversation starts that brings participants to deeper levels of opening, releasing and building strength. Breath synchronizes with movement, while asanas transition and move smoothly through each other. Bodies move fluidly in and out of shapes that relate to each other. Some previous yoga experience is recommended but not required. Wear clothes to move in and plenty of water. Instructor Amy Schwartz Potter studies yoga and martial arts in the United States and India with a diverse and ever-expanding group of gurus and sansei. Of particular interest are traditional practices that promote therapeutic self-care and personal empowerment. She is an artist, philosopher, homeschool parent and teacher. Participants may register until the day of the class.
Saturday, March 25 | 10-11:30 a.m. | Cane Creek Recreation Center | $25
This class begins with a short dialogue on the subject and meditation and excerpts from material on Mindful Meditation, Loving Kindness and Compassionate Practices. This is followed by light guided movements to bring attention to body posture and breath in preparation for Mindful Meditation. While immersed at the cellular level in sound vibrations produced live by a selection of healing instruments, participants will allow their attention to settle on sounds carried by breath. Lastly, they will sit in silence together. Instructor Massood Taj facilitates workshops and interactive programming at schools and integrative, holistic care organizations on the subjects of Mindful Meditation, Deep Listening and Social-Emotional Intelligence. Register by March 20.
Saturday, March 25 | 1-2:30 p.m. | Cane Creek Recreation Center | Free
Drumming Circle is an ancient form of group meditation, which has been practiced around the globe. The drumming starts with a simple bass beat and allows participants to improvise different complementary rhythms. Less-experienced drummers may wish to add flourishes on top of the music. As the drum circle progresses, a group consciousness develops into a collective voice. Participants are free to dance. Drumming Circle is open to ages 12 and up. Registration is not required. Hand drumming has been shown to reduce stress, create a sense of community and enhance relaxation. Instructor Massood Taj facilitates workshops and interactive programming at schools and integrative, holistic care organizations on the subjects of Mindful Meditation, Deep Listening and Social-Emotional Intelligence.
Thursdays, Feb. 2-March 9 | 11:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.| Cane Creek Recreation Center | $30 for 6 weeks
Tuesdays, Feb. 28-April 4 | 5:30-6:30 p.m.| Cane Creek Recreation Center | $30 for 6 weeks
Looking for a way to reduce stress? Consider Tai Chi. This Chinese martial art has developed into a graceful form of exercise that not only reduces stress but helps with a variety of health conditions. Tai Chi, often described as “meditation in motion,” promotes serenity through gentle, flowing, low-impact movements. It puts minimal stress on muscles and joints, making it generally safe for all ages and fitness levels. Participants of all experience levels may sign up for one or both of these six-week sessions with instructor Nikki Desch, an award-winning martial artist with 35+ years of experience. Preregistration is required five business days prior to the program.
Mondays and Wednesdays with instructor | Fridays with video | 11 a.m. – noon | Cane Creek Recreation Center | $2 on Mondays and Wednesdays | Free on Fridays
This yoga class is designed for participants with chronic pain and the physically challenged, who spend the majority of the class seated. The “poses” are gentle, range-of-motion movements and stretching combined with breathing exercises and meditation led by instructor Shelia Barnes.
First and third Friday each month | 6:30-8 p.m. | Cane Creek Recreation Center | $1
The Cookeville Traditional Dance class meets on the first and third Friday evening of each month. The class focuses on English Country and American Contra dancing, while adding in some traditional dances from other countries as well, such as Scotland. Neither experience nor a partner is required. Fun for the whole family. For more information, contact Mev McCurdy at email@example.com.
Wednesdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m. | Fridays, 5:30-6:30 p.m. | Saturdays, 8:30-9:30 a.m. | Cane Creek Recreation Center | $3
Bend, an innovative fusion of ballet, gymnastics and yoga, allows participants to target specific muscles with precision for gaining flexibility while building strength and endurance. Bend offers multiple levels for a wide range of ages and body types. Benefits from stretching include pain relief, increased energy levels, better range of motion in the joints, greater blood circulation, relaxation and stress relief. Instructor Lynda Wallace, a certified holistic coach and personal trainer, has 20+ years of combined experience in dance, gymnastics, ballet and stretching exercise.
Homeschool Health and Fitness
Mondays | 12-2 p.m. | Cane Creek Gymnasium | $1 per student
Come to the Cane Creek Gymnasium, located under the same roof as the Cane Creek Recreation Center, for this drop-in fitness and sports class, which is broken up into three sections: explanation of daily concentration, warm-up focusing on flexibility and aerobic activity, and a sport or physical fitness activity. Homeschool students of all ages and fitness levels are welcome to join an instructor on Court 2.
Walking to Wellness
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays | 10-11 a.m. | Cane Creek Recreation Center | Free
Participants are invited to Power Walk at the Cane Creek Recreation Center in a safe environment. They may also choose other forms of walking, such as a treadmill or walking outdoors. The center provides log-in sheets for keeping track of walking miles.